Carl Hittinger Recalls Antitrust Law Legacy of Former Third Circuit Judge Arlin Adams

Articles / February 16, 2016

Partner Carl Hittinger authored an article published February 11, 2016, by The Legal Intelligencer. The article, “The Antitrust Legacy of Former Third Circuit Judge Arlin Adams,” recalls the work of Arlin Adams, whom Hittinger worked with and who served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1969 to 1987. During that time, Adams ― who was thrice considered as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court ― authored 33 antitrust-related opinions, none of which were reversed.

Hittinger writes that upon examining Adams’ opinions:

[W]hat emerges are carefully crafted decisions not afraid to explore the factual record thoroughly and follow precedent where applicable. He did not hesitate to dig into the intricacies of antitrust law and complex economic theory to promote the purposes of the antitrust laws and to strictly apply rules of procedure to render the right result. … Adams seemed to lean toward resolution of facts and economic issues by a jury despite the complexity and cost that gives some federal judges pause today.”

Read the article.

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